On Capitol Hill, Republican lawmakers said Thursday they’re moving on from the debate over gun control, after failing to pass a single bill on firearms in the wake of last month’s mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, which killed 17 people at Stoneman Douglas High School. The congressional inaction came as President Trump appeared to backpedal Thursday from his surprise announcement a day earlier that he supports comprehensive gun control measures. Chris Cox, a top lobbyist with the National Rifle Association, tweeted after a meeting with Trump and Vice President Pence last night, ”POTUS & VPOTUS support the Second Amendment, support strong due process and don’t want gun control.” Trump followed up, tweeting, “Good (Great) meeting in the Oval Office tonight with the NRA!” Trump’s backpedaling came just one day after he publicly chided Pennsylvania Republican Senator Pat Toomey for “being afraid of the NRA”.
President Donald Trump: “It doesn’t make sense that I have to wait 'til I'm 21 to get a handgun, but I can get this weapon at 18. I don’t know. So I was just curious as to what you did in your bill.”
Sen. Pat Toomey: “We”—
President Donald Trump: “You don’t address it.”
Sen. Pat Toomey: “We didn’t address it, Mr. President. Look, I think the”—
President Donald Trump: “You know why? Because you’re afraid of the NRA, right?”
Sen. Pat Toomey: “No, it’s not an issue. But…”